Have you ever heard a knock at your door, and found a package that you weren't expecting? When you review products for a living, that happens with some regularity. However, I've never opened up the box and still been puzzled by it. Today, I opened up a box to find a mysterious case, which only held further mysteries inside.
The case is a sturdy hard-shell design from Pelican. On the front is a triangular logo with the number 10 on it. Inside I found a strange metal triangle, which was in the same design as the logo on the front. Inscribed on the triangle was a code. There was also a business card, and a small message inside of an envelope.
A mysterious briefcase showed up at GN labs today, bearing the above blackened metal triangle. On the triangle is emblazoned a code, which we entered into the orderof10.com redemption page. The box is branded with a “10” enclosed by a triangle, the same as seen above. Entering the triangle's code into the webpage unlocked our “COMPUTE” piece (Leibniz); the rest of the pieces can be found here. We know that we've got COMPUTE, SlashGear's Chris Barr has Vision, Jack Pattillo of Rooster Teeth has a piece, and Devindra Hardawar of Engadget has a piece.
This is obviously from nVidia. HG Wells' page directly calls to attention that the writer inspired two scientists. A quick Google search revealed that one of those two is Fermi – as in the GPU architecture from GTX 400/500 cards. Fermi, in nVidia nomenclature, led to Kepler, led to Maxwell, leads to Pascal (and eventually Volta).
It's something to do with Pascal. We're just not sure what. The “Fermi” hint is all that was really needed to determine the source, though. My original thoughts were that the box came from either AMD (“Polaris 10”) or NVIDIA (“10XX” cards – e.g. 1080). AMD wouldn't reference Fermi, though.
"and the new graphics card on HBO memory chip has recommendations PSU least 700 watts" - Causality1978 "I intend to live forever, or die trying." - Blameless "If one more person speculates in this room we're all going to need a shower." - Ganf
I have a big bang house. I had all the materials for my new house brought in and dumped on a vacant lot. I took a stick of dynamite, lit the fuse on fire and tossed it into the pile of materials. BOOM went the explosion and when the dust settled I had a new house! Amazing isn't it?